Private 4 Year

McDaniel College Admission Requirements

Westminster, Maryland

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Chances of getting into McDaniel College

Acceptance Rate

Admission Difficulty for McDaniel College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Unavailable 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into McDaniel College and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at McDaniel College is 87%.  It ranks #24 in Maryland for lowest rate of acceptance. McDaniel College is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 3,806 out of 4,391 applicants were admitted.

McDaniel College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.64. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 13% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The McDaniel College application fee is $0 and applications are due by Feb 1.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to McDaniel College you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.64 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required or recommended by McDaniel College.

McDaniel College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
Not Reported
Applicants Submitting SAT 
SAT Scores for McDaniel College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th N/A
SAT Math 25th N/A
SAT Composite 25th N/A
SAT Scores for McDaniel College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th N/A
SAT Math 75th N/A
SAT Composite 75th N/A
Average SAT Score N/A
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class
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McDaniel College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
Not Reported
Applicants Submitting ACT 
ACT Scores for McDaniel College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th N/A
ACT Math 25th N/A
ACT Composite 25th N/A
ACT Scores for McDaniel College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th N/A
ACT Math 75th N/A
ACT Composite 75th N/A
Average ACT Score N/A
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

McDaniel College GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
Typical High School Grades 

What GPA do you need to get into McDaniel College?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into McDaniel College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at McDaniel College was 3.64 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #11 in Maryland for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.64 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as McDaniel College accepts 87% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted McDaniel College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 25.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 17.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 17.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 17.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 12.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 11.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 1.0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

High School Class Rank

76% of McDaniel College freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted McDaniel College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 17%
Top 25% of class 41%
Top 50% of class 76%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

McDaniel College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,512 1,879 4,391
Accepted 2,250 1,556 3,806
Acceptance Rate 90% 83% 87%
Enrolled 281 220 501
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 12% 14% 13%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2023 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Feb 1, 2023
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2023 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to McDaniel College is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to McDaniel College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

McDaniel College Application Requirements
Test Scores Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Considered but not required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at McDaniel College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes
Other Colleges to Consider 

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=164270 IPEDS survey data for McDaniel College.


Does McDaniel College prefer SAT or ACT?

82% of students submit their SAT scores to McDaniel College. 24% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into McDaniel College?

87% of those who apply are granted admission to McDaniel College. Admission competition is and the college has unavailable admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.